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Mar 5, 2021 War Office
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The instruction manual on all aspects of fieldcraft in the mid-War period. This could arguably be shown as the main source material for the training of the troops in preparation for Operation OVERLORD and all of the other operations in between. It complements the  Battle School  manual and the  military training pamphlets  issued. It contains superb illustrations on all of the different tactics and actions used.
Topics: training, fieldcraft, battle, tactics, british army, small arms school, school of infantry, war...
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An early part of the Operations training series that explains the tactical approach to the  British Army ‘s operations in the Second World War. This part includes protection against air attack, passive protection, protection of road and rail from air attack and protection against gas.
Topics: british army, military training pamphlet, doctrine, tactics, infantry, training, second world war,...
An ‘appreciation’ in British Army terminology is an assessment of a situation. This covers how to make those assessments, and how to draft messages and orders that often follow them. There is also an explanation of how signals work and the security of those signals.
Topics: british army, military training pamphlet, second world war, world war two, doctrine, tactics,...
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This pamphlet describes the detail of how an infantry battalion was to be trained and prepared for war. Each of the different components are described and their part in the battalion explained. It sets out training schemes for collective training and provides some example problems to be solved.
Topics: british army, training, infantry, battalion, infantry battalion, second world war, world war two,...
A detailed manual covering operations for crossing rivers, canals or any other water obstacle when it was being defended by the enemy (ie opposed). It includes the equipment used and how to establish a bridgehead on the other bank, including what to do with the assault troops.
Topics: british army, bridges, bailey bridge, crossings, military training pamphlet, royal engineers, field...
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Jan 7, 2021 GHQ Home Forces
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The official manual on what drill was expected to be taught and known by  Home Guard  units. It includes a range of diagrams and information on marching and other drill movements. It is an abridged variant of the  British Army  drill of the day.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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This manual in the series covers the patrol, up to platoon size, that the Home Guard would be expected to mount as part of their duties. The were reconnoitring, fighting and standing patrols and the manual includes what equipment to carry and fighting against airborne troops (parachutists), in built up areas, and what the different roles in the patrol had to do.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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Jan 2, 2021 Langdon-Davies, J
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A comprehensive handbook for the  Home Guard  soldier that covered the object of the Home Guard, organisation, fieldcraft basics, observation and messages, obstruction and demolition, rifles and rifle shooting, automatic weapons, hand grenades, village defence and street-fighting, anti-tank, night training, anti-aircraft, gas, discipline and drill.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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Jan 2, 2021 Langdon-Davies, J
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A very detailed manual, including plates and diagrams, covering many aspects of personal fieldcraft expected from a  Home Guard  soldier in the Second World War. The contents include the Home Guard job and fieldcraft, concealment from the air, preparing a reception for airborne troops, how to move, how to use natural cover, personal camouflage and concealment.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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Jan 2, 2021 Brophy, J
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One of a series of commercially sold manuals for men and officers of the  Home Guard  to purchase and use in their own training schemes and plans. It is more easily read than the official manuals of the period and includes specific problems and interpretation of the official teaching. This includes battle drill, assault courses and tactical resources.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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Jan 2, 2021 Brophy, J
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A commercially-sold handbook for men and officers of the  Home Guard  to use in addition to the ‘dry’ official training manual. This includes how to identify and fight parachute troops and tanks, as well as instruction on the  rifle ,  Bren gun ,  Lewis gun ,  Thompson sub-machine gun , and using grenades and ‘molotoffs’.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
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Jan 2, 2021 Brophy, J
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Another commercially-sold manual for the Home Guard to use. This version covers the drill and marching of men as well as field operations, map reading and small arms: The American Pattern 1917 rifle and the Browning Automatic Rifle.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
Specifically focussed on defending villages, towns, roads and other areas that the Home Guard were responsible for in the event of an invasion. Many of these small unit tactics would become the normal ‘opposing force’ elements when on exercise against the British Army and other units based in the UK ahead of the Normandy landings.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
The introduction to the start of a detailed series on how the Home Guard were trained in small unit tactics, fieldcraft and battle craft. It discusses the equipment carried, specific tactics to be used in different environments (albeit all in the UK) and what they would expect from their enemy.
Topics: second world war, british army, home guard, world war two, dads army, local defence volunteers,...
This appears identical to the British 1939 print; however, it incorporates minor amendments issued in May 1939, February 1941 and an Australian Army Order from November 1940.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, mg, mmg, army, australian military forces, australian...
This Supplement is written very differently to the British edition. The supplement is written as amendments to the regular training to allow for the lack of dial sights across the Australian forces at this point. It also uses the Angle of Sight Instrument rather than the Director . It also includes training on the different slide rule in use.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, mg, mmg, australia, australian military forces, second...
This appears to a direct reprint with a few minor changes in layout from the January 1941 edition. The British Indian Army variant of the Vickers machine gun mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn't reference machine gun battalions and the training system in the way the British Army version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the...
Topics: Vickers, machine gun, mg, mmg, medium machine gun, british india, british indian army, british...
This appears to a direct reprint with a few minor changes in layout from the first printing. The British Indian Army variant of the Vickers machine gun mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn't reference machine gun battalions and the training system in the way the British Army version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the accessories are...
Topics: vickers, machine gun, mg, infantry, british army, british indian army, india, medium machine gun,...
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This is a direct translation of the 1940 mechanical subjects manual for the  British Indian Army ; however, it is printed in phonetic Urdu for  British Indian Army  officers (who were English-speaking) to use with Urdu-speaking troops.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, mg, mmg, british india, indian, army, training, weapons,...
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The  British Indian Army  variant of the  Vickers machine gun  mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn’t reference  machine gun battalions  and the training system in the way the  British Army  version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the accessories are earlier variants than in use with the British Army, such as the Mark I ...
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, mg, british india, army, british army, indian army,...
An amended version of the 1939  Vickers machine gun  manual that incorporates the amendments up to 1941. These includes a minor word change in the characteristics section and nothing otherwise immediately obvious.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, mg, medium machine gun, british army, infantry, training, second world war,...
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The first of the revised Small Arms Training series for the  Vickers machine gun  that was issued immediately prior to the Second World War. This covers the mechanical subjects, such as disassembly, stoppages, mechanism and cleaning. It also has the  training plan  for the full series.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, mg, medium machine gun, british army, world war two, second world war,...
A supplement to the 1939 series of manuals to allow for the units that had not been issued with the  dial sights  yet, and still used the  clinometer  and  bar foresight  for indirect fire work with the Vickers.
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, second world war, world war two, british army, weapons,...
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Nov 15, 2020 Joaquim Antonio Branco
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A full and very detailed manual on the small arms used by the Portuguese immediately prior to the Second World War. Their light machine guns included the Vickers Berthier and they used the Vickers machine gun as well.
Topics: rifle, small arms, weapons, machine guns, vickers berthier, vickers, rifle, machine carbine, light...
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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This extensive manual includes how the British Army managed their small arms ranges during the 1930s. It covers all of the different weapons and the ranges they could be used upon as well as the different types of targets and training equipment .
Topics: british army, small arms, training, rifle, machine gun, weapons, infantry, lewis, hotchkiss,...
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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This full manual of the Vickers machine gun covers all aspects of the gun's use in the machine gun company of a British Army infantry battalion in the 1930s.
Topics: british army, machine gun, vickers, training, infantry, medium machine gun, weapons, small arms
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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This is the British Army 's manual on Lewis automatic (light machine gun) training, the grenade and small arms anti-aircraft fire. It covers the full training programmes for the different weapons in wider use in the infantry rifle company of the 1930s.
Topics: british army, small arms, weapons, training, infantry, anti aircraft, anti-aircraft, grenade,...
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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The British Army 's basic small arms training manual covering the use of the rifle , bayonet and revolver , as well as the theory of small arms fire and the general instructions for weapons training in the 1930s.
Topics: british army, infantry, training, small arms, weapons, rifle, bayonet, revolver, training
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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To record their progress, members of the Territorial Army had this record book for their rifle and light automatic ( Lewis or Hotchkiss ) training and tests.
Topics: british army, infantry, training, rifle, territorial army, lewis, hotchkiss, weapons, small arms,...
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Nov 15, 2020 war office
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The British Army 's second volume on small arms training. Includes Annual Courses, Range and Battle Practices, Grenade Training, Webley Revolver Training and the Lewis and Hotchkiss Light Machine Guns.
Topics: british army, lewis, hotchkiss, machine guns, rifle, revolver, small arms, infantry, training,...
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Nov 14, 2020 War Office
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This the first volume to be produced for the  British Army . It includes the theory behind weapons training and small arms fire, as well full training information for the  rifle  and bayonet, the  Lewis gun , and the  Hotchkiss gun .
Topics: british army, small arms, weapons, rifle, machine gun, lewis, hotchkiss, light machine gun,...
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Oct 29, 2020 The War Office
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The British Army was planning for large-scale conventional warfare at this point in the 1930s and Volume II did not cover the movement and management of higher formations, such as Divisions, Corps and Armies. This Volume therefore covers how to manage these organisations.
Topics: british army, divisions, corps, armies, organisation, operations, warfare, doctrine
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Oct 29, 2020 The War Office
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This provisional copy of the Field Service Regulations is the first formaliation of the doctrine of the British Army at the start of inter-war peacetime. It includes the principles of war, military policy and plans, fighting troops and their characteristics, movements by land and sea, quarters, operation orders and reports in the field, information, protection, battle, the attack, the defence, position warfare, combined naval and military operations, warfare against an uncivilised enemy and...
Topics: british army, doctrine, concepts, operations, administration, army, infantry, cavalary, siege,...
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This issue of the Field Service Regulations sets out the doctrine and concepts for the British Army as it started the Great War. It includes details on the fighting troops and their characteristics, intercommunication and orders, movements by land and sea, quarters, protection, information, the battle, siege operations, night operations, warfare against an uncivilised enemy, convoys and ammunition supply.
Topics: british army, training, infantry, doctrine, world war one, first world war, great war, field...
This volume of the Field Service Regulations is for organisation and administration of the British Army , rather than the operations in warfare. It includes organisation of the forces in the field, command, the staff, the general staff branch, the adjutant-general's branch, the quarter-master-general's branch, the branch of the master-general of the ordnance, miscellaneous appointments to headquarters, distribution of the fighting troops, system of providing and maintaining personnel in the...
Topics: british army, war office, infantry, armoured, cavalry, doctrine, training
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Sep 4, 2020 War Office
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The British Army 's full manual on how to manage and run general operations. It includes details on the fighting troops and their characteristics, command and control, moving troops, information and reconnaissance, protection on operations, doctrine in attack and defence, during night operations, 'position warfare' and other special types of conflict such as the desert and mountain warfare.
Topics: british army, war office, infantry, armoured, cavalry, doctrine, training
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A Finnish language version of the Vickers GO handbook, covering the use of the No 1 Mk I , No 2 Mk I and No 3 Mk I guns by air forces in the air and ground roles.
Topics: small arms, weapons, second world war, world war two, canada, air force, vickers machine gun,...
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Aug 18, 2020 Royal Canadian Air Force
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Another Royal Canadian Air Force manual on using the Vickers Gas-Operated No 1 Mark I in aircraft. It includes the Mark III reflector sight.
Topics: small arms, weapons, second world war, world war two, canada, royal canadian air force, royal air...
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Aug 16, 2020 Air Ministry
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Covering all aspects of the use of the Vickers Gas-Operated No 1 Mark I by the Royal Air Force in the early years of the Second World War.
Topics: small arms, weapons, second world war, world war two, canada, royal canadian air force, royal air...
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Aug 16, 2020 Royal Canadian Air Force
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A short technical document on the Vickers Gas-Operated No 1 Mark I machine gun, as used by observers in the Royal Canadian Air Force .
Topics: small arms, weapons, second world war, world war two, canada, royal canadian air force, royal air...
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Aug 16, 2020 War Office
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This book sets out the Regulations controlling the Home Guard in the middle of the Second World War. Although the threat of invasion was subsiding at this time, the Home Guard was becoming its most potent with weaponry and training.
Topics: second world war, world war two, british army, home guard, local defence volunteers, invasion
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Aug 16, 2020 School of Infantry
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This manual doesn't discuss the Vickers machine gun specifically but outlines how the Battle Schools of the Second World War were established, why they existed and what training was carried out there. It's an insight into the extensive training the British Infantry Divisions received outside of the Small Arms Schools at Hythe and Netheravon .
Topics: world war two, second world war, tactics, battle school, infantry, training, barnard castle,...
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Aug 14, 2020 War Office
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Building on the practical instruction requirements of Part 1, this helps Officers organise and plan the training and ensure that programmes and training exercises are best suited to the men and the subject.  Again, it gives a very interesting insight into the professionalism with which subjects were taught.
Topics: british army, british, national service, training, instruction, school
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Aug 14, 2020 War Office
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A really detailed manual on how Officers and Non-Commissioned-Officers should instruct their men.  There was a surprising amount of science behind it and some great tips and tricks on the trade included in this manual.  A lot was learnt from the Second World War and this is how National Servicemen would have been trained.
Topics: british army, british, national service, training, instruction, school
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Aug 14, 2020 School of Infantry
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A late edition of the Machine Gun Platoon and Section Commanders guide to Battle Procedure, Verbal Orders and general notes on Fire Control, Safety (including fixed lines) and indirect fire. An aide-memoire issued on the Medium Machine Gun course at the Support Weapons Wing of the School of Infantry at Netheravon .
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, british, army, mmg, small arms, weapons, small arms...
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Aug 14, 2020 School of Infantry
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Machine Gun Platoon and Section Commanders guide to Battle Procedure, Verbal Orders and general notes on Fire Control, Safety (including fixed lines) and indirect fire. An aide-memoire issued on the Medium Machine Gun course at the Support Weapons Wing of the School of Infantry at Netheravon .
Topics: vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, british, army, mmg, small arms, weapons, small arms...
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Aug 14, 2020 War Office
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A short instructional pamphlet on the manpack carrier (General Service) that was load carrying equipment also used with the Vickers MG and issued in the same series at the 1944 Pattern Web Equipment .
Topics: british army, jungle, far east, 1944 pattern, webbing, equipment, web, infantry, load carrying,...
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Aug 14, 2020 War Office
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Although not a manual about the Vickers Machine Gun, the Divisional (Machine Gun) and Divisional (Support) Battalions that landed in Sicily, such as 1st Battalion Kensington Regiment , 2nd and 7th Battalions Cheshire Regiment , and 1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment would have received this pamphlet before their embarkation so they were familiar with the island.
Topics: second world war, world war two, meditteranean, sicily, italy, british army, british, invasion,...
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Aug 13, 2020 War Office
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Whilst not specifically and immediately about the Vickers MG, the campaign in Malaya did employ the Vickers and this manual helps understand the context in which it was being used. There is plenty of useful information on the patrols, the tactics and the weapons that were being employed, including the Owen Machine Carbine and the 'Patchett'.
Topics: malaya, insurgency, counter-terrorism, communism, malaysia, british, army, templar, owen, machine...
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Aug 13, 2020 War Office
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A small pamphlet on the winter training activities for the Home Guard , including training on the Vickers machine gun - they were using the US M1915 under lend-lease arrangements.
Topics: home guard, vickers, colt, machine gun, second world war, world war two, british, local defence...
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Aug 13, 2020 South African Air Force
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This is the Air Force manual on the weapons in use at the time, including synchronised Mk V  guns and the Gas-Operated .303-inch No 1 Mk I  as well as the Browning .303-inch for fitting into aircraft.
Topics: small arms, weapons, second world war, world war two, south africa, south african air force, air...
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This is an essential reference for all aspects of equipment in the British Army during the Second World War.  It includes listings of the contents of bags, satchels, cases and most other containers that you see referred to from the Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores and other parts lists .  It also includes information on weapons markings and stamps.
Topics: weapons, small arms, british army, second world war, world war two, british, army, ordnance,...
This instruction book covers the early machine gun carriers as well as the Bren carrier, cavalry carrier and scout carrier. These were eventually replaced by the Universal carrier . It includes mechanical and operational instructions.
Topics: british army, army, vickers, machine gun, carrier, universal, armoured personnel carrier, tankette,...
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Aug 10, 2020 War Office
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This is the manual that describes the works that only the Royal Engineers were trained to complete, in contrast to the All Arms training described in Volume I. It's much more technical construction with more information on all aspects.
Topics: british army, army, british, royal engineers, engineering, field, fortifications, rivers, bridges,...
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Aug 10, 2020 War Office
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Not weapons related, but all machine gunners in the British Army would have known drill as one of their first military lessons. This is the drill manual that existed from 1935 and throughout the Second World War.
Topics: british army, drill, marching, second world war, world war two, infantry, soldiers, training
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Aug 10, 2020 The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
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This is the programme for a competition shoot for the 6th (Rifle) Battalion of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) .  It contains information on the competitions and cups involved in the battalion and how they were conducted in 1929.
Topics: british army, army, british, liverpool regiment, infantry, competition, shooting, lewis, rifle,...
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Covering all aspects of engineering in the British Army, including machine gun emplacements , rafting, bridging, excavation and construction.
Topics: british army, fortifications, engineering, pillboxes, bridges, trenches, rivers, field engineering
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A comprehensive manual on the Vickers machine guns in use with the Royal Air Force in the inter-war period. This included the Mark I ground gun, alongside the Mark I* and Mark II guns.
Topics: royal air force, vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, aircraft, aeroplace, air force, small...
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Aug 9, 2020 General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces
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Further information on how the US Army used the Vickers machine gun, as well as the Browning and the Hotchkiss. The parts also cover drill, tactical use of the machine guns and organization and direction of fire. There is a lot of technical information in the appendices.
Topics: united states, army, america, american, machine guns, vickers, hotchkiss, browning, medium machine...
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Aug 9, 2020 United States Army
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A comprehensive document on all aspects of machine gunnery at the end of the Great War. It includes mechanical and elementary aspects as well as tactical application.
Topics: army, united states, america, american, machine guns, machine gunnery, browning, colt, vickers,...
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Aug 9, 2020 United States Army
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An American version of the Machine Gunner's Pocket Book (available above), this is an aide memoire for machine gun officers and covers all aspects of how machine guns were used by the US Army at the end of the Great War. It appears to have been developed by the 13th Division which didn't see combat as the war ended before it could be sent overseas.
Topics: machine gun, united states, machine gunner, training, america, american, army, infantry, great war,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Machine Gun Training Centre
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A further update of the book that was provided to officers who had attended the Machine Gun School of the Machine Gun Corps . It contains all the relevant information for officers of a Machine Gun Company . As well as information on machine gunnery, it includes trench routine, gas warfare, construction of emplacements as well as drill and equipment stores. The pages are removable and updates would be sent to the officer from the Machine Gun School so they remained current.
Topics: british, army, machine gun, machine gun corps, machine gun training centre, machine gun school,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Machine Gun Training Centre
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An updated edition of the book that was provided to officers who had attended the  Machine Gun School  of the  Machine Gun Corps . It contains all the relevant information for officers of a  Machine Gun Company . As well as information on machine gunnery, it includes trench routine, gas warfare, construction of emplacements as well as drill and equipment stores. The pages are removable and updates would be sent to the officer from the  Machine Gun School  so they remained current
Topics: british, army, machine gun, vickers, machine gun school, machine gun training centre, grantham,...
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The second part of the machine gun doctrine of the British Army in the Great War, this pamphlet covers the indirect fire elements of machine gunnery, as well as organisation of barrage fire, which was the culmination of the learning during the war. A key document for the Machine Gun Corps .
Topics: british, stationery service, general staff, army, first world war, world war one, great war,...
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Aug 8, 2020 General Staff
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This is written by the General Staff and details how the Vickers was to be used by the machine gun companies of the Machine Gun Corps . It describes the use of forward and rear guns and how they work in the attack and the defence. There are sections on orders and emplacements and the use of Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) Squadrons .
Topics: British army, army, british, machine gun corps, vickers, machine gun, medium machine gun, training,...
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Aug 8, 2020 War Office
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This pamphlet covers how to fire machine guns from aircraft during the Great War. This period saw the Royal Flying Corps using the Vickers Mk I* as well as the Lewis gun .
Topics: british army, british, army, royal flying corps, royal air force, aeroplanes, aircraft, machine...
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Aug 8, 2020 War Department
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More technical information on how the US Army used machine guns in the Great War. This manual covers the M1915 Vickers as well as the Benet-Mercie Automatic Rifle, the Lewis gun and the Maxim gun.
Topics: great war, world war one, first world war, vickers, m1915, united states, army, america, american,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Army War College
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This manual includes all of the drill of a machine gun unit in the US Army of 1917 - when they entered the Great War. It covers the training schedules for the different roles and the different branches that used machine guns. These included the Browning M1917 alongside the Vickers M1915 .
Topics: first world war, great war, world war one, united states, america, american, army, browning,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Army War College
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This booklet contains lessons learnt from the preceding years of the Great War and enables the US Army to learn from them for their own machine gun use. The range of machine guns covered includes the Vickers, Maxim, Colt, Hotchkiss portable and the Lewis. It compares them against the Benet-Mercie Machine Rifle being used by the US Army at the time.
Topics: Great War, First World War, World War one, army, united states, machine guns, lewis, hotchkiss,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Machine Gun Training Centre
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This pocket book was provided to officers who had attended the Machine Gun School of the Machine Gun Corps . It contains all the relevant information for officers of a Machine Gun Company . As well as information on machine gunnery, it includes trench routine, gas warfare, construction of emplacements as well as drill and equipment stores. The pages are removable and updates would be sent to the officer from the Machine Gun School so they remained current.
Topics: British, army, first world war, world war one, great war, machine guns, vickers, machine gun corps,...
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Aug 8, 2020 Henri Charles-Lavauzelle
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The 9th edition of a French-language handbook on the Vickers machine gun. The French were quipped with the Vickers in both the ground and aircraft variants.
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Updates to the 1916 manual on machine gun doctrine, including tactical considerations for direct and indirect fire, ever changing as the Great War progressed.
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Aug 8, 2020 General Staff
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An early pamphlet published by the Stationery Service (SS 122) on the British Army doctrine of using the Lewis Guns and the Vickers Machine guns. It was noted to be read in conjuction with SS 106 (also available to download).
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One of the earliest official doctrine pamphlets on tactical use of machine guns and Lewis guns .
Topics: British army, vickers, lewis, machine gun, great war, world war one, first world war, stationery...
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Aug 8, 2020 War Office
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This short manual includes the requirement of the British Expeditionary Force as they left for France in 1914, including lists of the equipment each soldier carried, varied depending on their branch of service and rank.
Topics: British Army, british, infantry, great war, first world war, world war one, equipment, 1908,...
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Aug 8, 2020 War Office
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Covering many aspects of field engineering works, including trench systems, in the run up to the Great War. This manual covers what the British Army was trained to do for trench works and emplacements in that important period. It includes  machine gun fortifications  as well as other artillery positions and the more routine engineering requirements of an army, such as bridging and water supplies.
Topics: British Army, trenches, fortifications, engineering, infantry, engineers, army, digging, First...
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Aug 4, 2020 War Office
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This 1940 reprint of the manual covers all aspects of the most basic unit in the British Army : the infantry section of the infantry battalion . It covers the characteristics and qualities expected of a section leader at that start of the Second World War, as well as the organisation of the infantry battalion and the basic tactics of the section, including patrols, attacks, defence and messages, reports and orders.
Topics: British Army, infantry, second world war, world war two, platoon, section, bren, light machine gun,...
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This comprehensive manual covers all aspects of the infantry section and platoon of the  infantry battalion  in the latter part of the Second World War, as well as their tactics and employment from the perspective of the men within them. It also cover the individual skills and knowledge of the infantryman, such as camouflage and concealment and how to dig a slit trench. The formations for patrols and set-piece attacks by the platoon and section are explained and there are diagrams throughout.
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One of the series of pamphlets determining the doctrine for the infantry division on operations, this time their role in the defence. It includes the machine gun battalion as part of that doctrine.
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This is the only known pamphlet issued by the War Office for the Vickers gas-operated machine gun during the Second World War. It's a short pamphlet and designed for how the gun would be used in armoured cars by the Royal Armoured Corps , which included the Reconnaissance Corps . It includes an exploded diagram of the parts of the gun.
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A simple pamphlet but a primer on all aspects of the British Army 's operations in this mid-war period. It includes a table of capabilities across the different divisions, including infantry division and armoured divisions .
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Aug 1, 2020 War Office
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Detail on how field defences, including fortifications , should be camouflaged.
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A pamphlet that describes all of the equipment used for camouflaging equipment and vehicles, including a table on which camouflage net sizes should be used for the different vehicles and weapons.
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This pamphlet sets out the doctrine on how to use the Vickers in action. Different scenarios are included, such as the offensive, the withdrawl and the defence. It replaces a short-lived pamphlet (No. 16) which we have available on our Patreon site .
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Aug 1, 2020 Australian Military Forces
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An Australian amendment for the drill manual issued in 1939 for the British and Commonwealth armies.
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Aug 1, 2020 War Office
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Covering all of the wartime drill requirements for the British and Commonwealth armies, this is an Australian reprint of the British manual.
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The second amendment to the 1945 illustrated parts list and this covers the components of the monopod .
Topics: Vickers, machine gun, small arms, mg, medium machine gun, mmg, weapons, british army
The first amendment to the 1945 illustration parts list that covers changes to the dial sight components.
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The full illustrated parts list for the Vickers Mark I machine gun and the tripods in service at the end of the Second World War. Each illustration is annotated and the key shows the parts number and full nomenclature of the part.
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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This is a remarkable example of how the amendments were inserted professionally by printers – in this case located near to the Hythe  Small Arms School . It contains all of the amendments of Machine Gun Training up to 1930 and is twice the size of the regular Machine Gun Training manual of 1925.
Topics: British Army, Vickers, machine gun, mg, infantry, training, small arms, small arms school
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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Additional information that acts as a transitional document between the Machine Gun Training manual of 1925 and the Small Arms Training series from 1931 onwards. It includes updated information showing the organisation of a machine gun company in the infantry battalions and the squadron of a cavalry regiment .
Topics: British Army, infantry, training, machine gun, mg, vickers, small arms
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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Further updates to the 1925 manual and this amendment covers the changes to the Annual Machine Gun classification course that was fired by all machine gunners and determined their skill and, as a result, their pay as a qualified, first class or marksman machine gunner .
Topics: Vickers, machine gun, mg, British Army, training, infantry, small arms
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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Updates for the 1925 manual mainly covering the use of the bar foresight and the angle of sight instrument .
Topics: British Army, Vickers, machine gun, mg, infantry, training, small arms
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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The full machine gun training manual for the 1920s when the Vickers was part of a platoon, and later a company, in the infantry battalion . It covers all drills and practices.
Topics: British Army, vickers, machine gun, mg, training, infantry
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Jun 3, 2020
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This assembly of manuals, handbooks and other documents was bound together for an instructor of the Small Arms School at Ahmednagur, India, for 'F Russell'. It contains many of the other manuals available from the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association but also new material and that specific to the training of the British Indian Army and Indian Militia troops.
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Jun 3, 2020 War Office
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A full post-war training manual in the small 'square' pocket handbook format. Includes full information on training with the gun and was to read alongside the handbooks for technical information on the gun.
Topics: Vickers, machine gun, mg, training, infantry, machine gun corps, british army
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Jun 1, 2020 Royal Air Force
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This is the handbook for instructors at the Turnberry School of Aerial Gunnery for the Royal Flying Corps and then the Royal Air Force. It covers all aspects of the use of the Vickers Mk I* machine gun and the preparation of both gun and ammunition ahead of aerial combat.
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Jun 1, 2020 Royal Flying Corps
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This manual for the Royal Flying Corps shows how they were using their Mark I and Mark I* guns as well as important things like checking the ammunition first and ensuring loading of belts was done properly.
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Jun 1, 2020 General Staff
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The first post-war Vickers machine gun training manual for the Machine Gun Corps. It replaced the provisional Infantry Machine Gun Company Training manual from 1917.
Topics: Machine Gun Corps, British Army, Great War, First World War, World War One, British Army, infantry,...
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Jun 1, 2020 American Expeditionary Force
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This manual is an accumulation of training information that was reprinted by the American Expeditionary Force from a Training Memorandum developed domestically. The US Army were using the Vickers Model of 1915 for their first Divisions abroad, prior to adopting the Browning M1917 across the Army.
Topics: Machine Gun, Vickers, Colt, Browning, Hotchkiss, mg, United States Army, United States of America,...